This August 29, 2016 The Rwanda National Pharmacy Council is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Our organisation’s application for membership was approved today by the FIP Council at the 76th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Our council is very young; Becoming a member of FIP is a good opportunity which will enable us to network and collaborate with other member organisations so as to develop the pharmacy profession globally and particularly in Rwanda,” said Dr MUGANGA Raymond, the Chairperson of the Rwandan National Pharmacy Council.

As a member of FIP, Rwanda National Pharmacy Council can now contribute to the pharmacy profession at a global level and benefit from international networking and sharing.

“FIP is very pleased to welcome the Rwanda National Pharmacy Council, as a new FIP member organisation,” said FIP General Secretary and CEO Mr Luc Besançon. “The National Pharmacy Council will join sister organisations with similar roles in Africa and beyond, and FIP is looking forward to supporting the key missions of the council: regulation of the profession and ensuring the quality of education providers in Rwanda.”
Some 2,200 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from 98 countries attended the 2016 FIP congress, where FIP welcomed four new member organisations, including the Conseil national de l’ordre des pharmaciens du Bénin, Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Pharmaceutique and the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand. FIP now has 139 member organisations.

The Rwanda National Pharmacy Council (NPC) is an independent statutory organization accountable for the regulation of pharmacy professionals and it plays an advisory role to the Ministry of Health and the pharmacy institutions training programmes on all matters related to the pharmacy profession.

It was set up by the Law No 45/2012 of 14/01/2013 relating to the organization, functioning and competence of the council of pharmacists

The aim of the NPC is to enable a national approach to the regulation and control of pharmacy profession and accreditation of institution’s training programmes. The NPC is intended to work in collaboration with different institutions of the government of Rwanda, other health professional organizations, other regulatory agencies and the general public to identify issues and trends in pharmacy practice that requires collegiate approach and attention          

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is a non-governmental organisation in official relations with the World Health Organization. FIP represents more than three million experts in medicines, supporting the responsible use of medicines around the world.